In 1933, a lumberyard worker named Dawson Trotman passionately shared his faith with many men. That’s when he caught a vision to teach them principles he found fruitful in his own life. He began with sailor Spencer. They spent many hours together in prayer and in the Scriptures. When one of Spencer’s shipmates asked him the secret of his changed life, Spencer brought the man to Dawson Trotman and said, “Teach him what you taught me.” Trotman responded, “You teach him!” And that was the birth of The Navigators.
The Navigators are in 107 countries worldwide. Jesus Christ gave His followers the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, 20, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…” The primary aim of the Navigators is to help fulfil this Commission by making disciples and developing disciple makers in every nation.
In June 1974, a young missionary couple from the USA (Dave and Sherry Hall) arrived in Accra to officially begin the Navigator ministry in Ghana. Several missionaries and full time Ghanaian staff subsequently served to help establish the ministry in secondary/ high schools, universities, churches and neighbourhood/ communities in Ghana.
What we do
We do this in High Schools, Universities, Communities (Rural and Urban), work places, Churches, Conferences and camps.
There is a national leadership team led by a Country Leader, which oversees all ministry activities. A Board of Directors sets overall goals and strategic direction for the ministry, a West African zonal coordinator and an African Leadership Team ensure the Ghana ministry is linked with the Navigator headquarters in Colorado Springs, USA as well as the Navigator family worldwide. The unique feature of the Ghana Navigator ministry is that, most of the people involved in spreading the gospel and discipling people are students and professionals who combine their full time regular work with ministry. This approach evolved as a result of a long period of economic difficulties that existed in Ghana from the seventies and helped to reduce the amount of funds needed to be raised as these workers support their ministries to a large extent. There are, however, a few full-time staff who devote all their time to the ministry and are supported financially through donations received by the ministry.
- The passion to know, love and become like Jesus Christ
- The truth and sufficiency of the Scriptures for the whole of life
- The transforming power of the Gospel
- The leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit
- Expectant faith and persevering prayer rooted in the promises of God
- The dignity and value of every person
- Love and grace expressed among us in community
- Families and relational networks in discipling the nations
- Interdependent relationships in the body of Christ in advancing the Gospel